Does your teen know what to do in the
According the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 1.7 million teen driver car crashes in year 2000. Of those crashes, they resulted in 7,600 teen deaths and 569,000 teen injuries. In Canada for the same year, teen drivers accounted for some 30,000 injuries and 387 fatalities. Teen driver car crashes remain the single leading cause of permanent injury and death in teens across North America.
Given the number of teens involved in car crashes, it is imperative that they know what to do in the event of a crash. To this end, the I Promise Program teen safe driving initiative (www.ipromiseprogram.com), requested input from law enforcement agencies and officers to develop a list of just what teens (and all other motorists) should do in the event of a collision.
Even though we promote teen driver safety, we recognize that teens will still be involved in collisions, says Gary Direnfeld, executive director. As such, the objective of this information is to minimize further risk in an already dangerous situation.
Parents are advised to contact their local law enforcement agency concerning specific laws in their area while the following forms general guidelines of what to do in the event of a crash:
Many jurisdictions have specific laws with respect to reportable collisions and collisions involving highway property. All drivers are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency to learn about the specific laws in their area. Lastly, as the result of some collisions, you may have to take action in a manner not specified, but dictated by the situation. Above all, remain calm; assess the situation and act first with a regard to personal safety and the safety of others. Before heading out consider placing safety items that should be kept in trunk or rear area for emergencies related to crashes, i.e., flares, orange cones, disposable camera, heat blanket, pad and pencil, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.